Forward Together Supports Candidates Using Usual Names on Municipal Ballot

Party heads to court to defend Council candidate Tesicca Truong’s use of usual name

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Mark Hosak
September 15, 2022

VANCOUVER, BC; September 14, 2022 – Representatives from Forward Together will be in Provincial Court on Thursday, Sept. 15 to challenge a petition brought forward by the City of Vancouver’s Chief Electoral Officer that would ban the use of all usual names in languages other than English on the municipal ballot in this fall’s civic election. 

“Candidates from communities that use languages other than English are often widely known by their usual names in those languages,” said Forward Together executive director Mark Hosak. “The City of Vancouver’s Chief Electoral Officer has petitioned the Provincial Court to remove all usual names from the ballot. We will be vigorously defending our council candidate Tesicca Truong’s right to use the name she was given at birth on the ballot.”

In addition to Forward Together council candidate Tesicca Truong, who was given the name Tesicca Truong 張慈櫻 Trương Từ Anh at birth, Forward Together stands in support of Vision Vancouver candidates Allan Wong 黃偉倫 and Honieh Barzegari هانیه برزگری, and OneCity candidate Iona Bonamis 陶思穎, who are also named in the court petition.

“In a city as diverse as Vancouver, candidates might identify with and be recognized by a number of names,” said Truong. “It is extremely disheartening to have candidates’ non-English usual names removed from this fall’s municipal election ballot.”

“My name was given to me by my grandfather when I was born, and I use it in all my personal and professional communications,” said Truong. “This petition threatens to strip candidates of their identity, and their recognition among large groups of voters.”

Forward Together supports the right of all candidates to use their usual names on the ballot and is hopeful that this petition will not adversely affect voters’ knowledge and democratic expression in this election.

About Forward Together:

Forward Together is the electoral organization supporting Mayor Kennedy Stewart and his team of city council candidates – Tesicca Truong, Russil Wvong, Jeanette Ashe, Hilary Brown, Dulcy Anderson, and Alvin Singh – for this fall’s Vancouver municipal election

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Executive Director of Forward Together with Kennedy Stewart.